LearnWell is specialized and dedicated to supporting the 49% of all students who may face an underlying mental health condition—such as anxiety, depression or other mood disorders—which often manifest in self-destructive behavior, substance use, and eating disorders.[1]

In partnership with treatment facilities and school districts, we provide an integrated set of academic and mental health services for students and their families throughout the continuum of care:

Addressing Emerging Mental Health Needs

Mental health challenges will affect nearly half of all students at some point before age 18. While these circumstances can have a significant impact on academic performance, classroom behavior, absenteeism and dropout rates, far too few students are receiving the support they need. Up to 80% of students experiencing anxiety and 60% of students experiencing depression will go untreated.[2] Limited availability and access to mental health treatment presents a significant risk for students, families and school communities.

As students begin to show signs of emerging mental health needs, LearnWell Counseling Services provides supplemental therapeutic counseling support for schools to help reduce the risk of hospitalization or other crises. Our mental health counseling teams give school districts access to psychologists and licensed clinical social workers to support students who may face mental health needs. Delivered through telehealth video conference, LearnWell Counseling Services provide a convenient and flexible model for students to receive the help they need.

Because students’ mental health needs often have an impact on academic progress, LearnWell Tutoring Services provide one-to-one instructional support via videoconference. Our teachers are specialized in supporting students with mental health challenges and use individualized strategies to help students keep pace with their classmates.

Promoting Academic Progress During Mental Health Treatment

Each year, approximately 1 out of every 7 adolescents will receive treatment in an inpatient, residential or day-treatment facility.[3] This often occurs if the students’ mental health condition begins to impact their ability to function in school or at home, or if they may be at risk of self-harm. Clinical programming in these facilities is designed to provide stabilization and a structured environment to help patients learn to cope with stressors and manage their mental health. Given that the school environment is often a cause for anxiety and depression, academic progress is critical for students during treatment.

When students require treatment in an inpatient, residential or day-treatment facility, LearnWell Academics During Mental Health Treatment provide a specialized instructional approach to supporting academic progress for those facing mental health needs. As a key component to clinical programming in hospitals and treatment facilities, our teachers create a bridge between the treatment facility and the student’s home district by obtaining the student’s assignments and delivering personalized instruction, academic structure and a relative sense of normalcy for students throughout their treatment. LearnWell Academics During Mental Health Treatment helps students maintain academic progress while reducing the stress of falling behind during their school absence.

Transitioning Back to the School Environment Following Treatment

Because school is often a trigger for students’ anxiety and depression, the idea of returning to the classroom after an extended absence for mental health treatment can be daunting. Without the proper support structures, the students’ return to school represents a risk to relapse and could result in readmission into a treatment facility.

When students are discharged from the treatment facility, LearnWell provides the ongoing mental health counseling and one-to-one academic support as students re-integrate back into the school environment. LearnWell Counseling Services are available as part of the discharge process for the necessary follow-up appointments, as well as for ongoing counseling sessions when the student returns to school.  In addition, LearnWell Tutoring Services are available to help students who may be homebound for a period of time before re-entering school, or who may need additional assistance when they return to class in order to catch-up or maintain progress with classmates.

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[1] Merikangas, K., Hep, J., Burstein, M., Swanson, S., Avenevoli, S., Cui, L., Benejet, C…Swendsen, J. (2010). Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in U.S. adolescents: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication–Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 49(10): 980-989. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2010.05.017

[2] Merikangas, K. R., He, J., Burstein, M. E., Swendsen, J., Avenevoli, S., Case, B., … Olfson, M. (2011). Service Utilization for Lifetime Mental Disorders in U.S. Adolescents: Results of the National Comorbidity Survey Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50(1), 32–45. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2010.10.006

[3]Lipari, R.N., Hedden, S., Blau, G. and Rubenstein, L. Adolescent mental health service use and reasons for using services in specialty, educational, and general medical settings. The CBHSQ Report: May 5, 2016. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.

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